This is the blog/website of Dr Evan Smith. I am currently a Visiting Adjunct Fellow in the School of History and International Relations at Flinders University, South Australia. Between 2013 and 2015, I was a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of International Studies at Flinders University. I have previously held research positions at the Australian Institute of Criminology and the South Australian Office of Crime Statistics and Research.
I have a PhD in History on the Communist Party of Great Britain and anti-racist politics in the post-war period from the Department of History at Flinders University. I have published widely on British leftist politics, anti-racism in Britain and the British immigration control system, and am branching out into transnational labour and post-imperial history.
My current research project is an examination of the networks of solidarity built between the Communist Parties in Britain, South Africa and Australia between the 1920s and the 1960s, and how this informed their anti-colonial and anti-racist politics.
For 2009-2010, I was a Fellow with the Australian Prime Ministers Centre at Old Parliament House and the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra. My research project has been looking at how the Australian Government has viewed and reacted to protest in Canberra since the 1970s.
In October 2011 I was awarded the inaugural David Phillips Travelling Fellowship by the Australian Academy of the Humanities. This helped fund a research trip to the UK in June-July 2012, for a research project on the intersection between national and border security in Britain in the 1970s.
As well as academic research, I have a long-standing interest in DIY culture, particularly the creation of zines. I was an active zinester from 1997 to 2007 and one day, I would like to write some academic stuff on zines and zine history.
If you have any connected research interests, please get in touch.